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Preparedness Without Paranoia® is a non-profit organization.  Our approach to active threat events is to educate, engage, and empower individuals if, or when an ordinary day turns into an extraordinary one.  Most importantly, we build a preparedness mindset to understand the decisions that need to be made and the confidence to make them from the classroom or the boardroom. 

Meet Our Team

Kathleen Kiernan, Ed.D

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Laura J. Falvey, Ph.D

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Michelle Ward, Ph.D

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Kathleen Kiernan, Ed.D

Kathleen Kiernan, Ed.D

Founder

Dr. Kathleen Kiernan is the founder and CEO of Kiernan Group Holdings, a company built by practitioners, for practitioners who bring a common-sense approach to the most complex problems confronting society. An educator at heart, Dr. Kiernan believes that the first line of defense is always a prepared individual from the classroom to the boardroom. She has delivered operational and educational capabilities across the globe and developed a methodological based approach to the resiliency cycle at an individual and organizational level.

Preparedness Without Paranoia® fosters an educated, engaged, and resilient public. Individuals will gain a heightened situational awareness to: understand today’s multidimensional threat environment, recognize telltale signs of an evolving threat, be empowered to take effective action, and understand how to recover and resume one’s daily activities in an effective manner.

Laura J. Falvey, Ph.D

Laura J. Falvey, Ph.D

Educator

Dr. Falvey is a career long educator in public elementary schools from Massachusetts to Alaska specializing in early childhood education. She is state certified and a twice-certified National Board Teacher in Early Childhood. She has helped to prepare future educators at the university level, instructing pre-service teachers to become reflective educators with special regard to at-risk students and under-served populations.

Dr. Falvey’s primary interests include differentiating instruction for all learners, building classroom community, and working with our most vulnerable students to build resiliency and preparedness.

Michelle Ward, Ph.D

Michelle Ward, Ph.D

Educator

Dr. Michelle Ward is a lifelong educator with experience in working with both K-12 and university level students for which she brings incredible energy and passion.  She has taught at an elementary level in both Illinois and Connecticut, where she worked to integrate new techniques and technology into the classroom. Dr. Ward has also spent much of her career preparing new teachers for the challenges of a classroom, including overseeing their transition to student teachers.

Dr. Ward’s interest is in learning and technology, specifically integrating learner centered technology into the classroom. Dr. Ward has taught at several universities including University of Illinois at Chicago, DePaul University, and most recently the University of New Haven. She has been published in several academic publications. Dr. Ward has a Bachelor’s of Science in Marketing, a Masters of Education in Elementary education, and Ph.D. in Education, Curriculum, and Instruction all from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

David Song

David Song

Board Advisor

David is transforming the way companies look at marketing and technology to yield success. He advises companies on how blockchain, social media, digital, and branding transformations can drive growth and expand their business capabilities. David has worked with a wide range of clients including businesses from Fortune 500 clients to startups. Prior to his work in these transformations, David was a pioneer in the digital advertising space and helped clients grow their revenue using data driven marketing tactics.

David has led the digital advertising campaigns for Orbitz, The Coca Cola Company, Fidelity Investments, Proctor and Gamble, JetBlue, and Sony Corporation of America. He has been an advisory board member for Yahoo, MSN, and Doubleclick (Google).

Tara Barber

Tara Barber

Board Advisor

Tara Barber is Vice President of Operations at Lumina Analytics where she works with clients across a variety of industry verticals, including K-12 and Higher Education, to proactively identify threats and help keep people and places safe. In addition to overseeing all aspects of operations and customer success, she leads a team that researches, defines, and categorizes risk, continuously analyzing how online behavioral patterns can potentially be indicative of offline risk. 

Tara also served as Chief Operating Officer for Powhatan Information & Default Services and was responsible for all client relationships, leadership of the internal teams, oversight of a robust vendor network, and implementation of workflows with third-party SaaS providers. Throughout her career, she has built and led several teams centered around client engagement, third party operational risk management, internal risk mitigation, compliance, and vendor management.

Beyond the corporate world, her most significant role is being a mother to her three young sons, which drives her passion for equipping all children, families, and communities with preparedness, awareness, and resiliency. 

Tara graduated summa cum laude from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration and Marketing. She also earned her MBA from the University of South Florida with a focus on entrepreneurship, marketing, and building a sustainable enterprise.

Deanee Johnson, Ph.D

Deanee Johnson, Ph.D

Board Advisor

Dr. Johnson is a key player in advancing the victim services field at the federal, state, and local levels. She is currently the Chief Program Officer at the National Center for Victims of Crime. She oversees their federally funded programs ensuring adherence to special conditions, project deliverable timelines, and program reporting.
 
She has over 20 years of experience in the crime victim field, working directly with victims and survivors, partnering with multidisciplinary professionals and teams to meet the needs of child victims and their families. She started as a volunteer mentor for adolescent sexual assault survivors in 1999 in Huntsville, Texas and has since worked as a Survivor Specialist, Child Forensic Interviewer, Director of a statewide sexual assault coalition, and Director of a Court Appointed Special Advocates program in Southern Maryland. Most recently she has led the working group focused on the victim services component of the 2016 National Strategy for Child Exploitation Prevention and Interdiction out of the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of the Deputy Attorney General. She serves on the National Steering Committee for the Vision 21 Linking Systems of Care for Children and Youth, Office for Victims of Crime demonstration project. Dr. Johnson has advised large scale training and technical assistance efforts, policy and procedure implementation plans, organization management and has collaborated with a multitude of federal and state agencies serving child victims. She serves on the Charles County Board of Education Safety Advisory Board in Maryland.
 
Dr. Johnson has a bachelors degree in criminal justice from Sam Houston State University, a masters degree in counseling from Midwestern State University and her Ph.D. in child development from Texas Woman’s University.

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